June 20, 2006 | By Derek Slater

Studios Embrace Regulation, Still Reject Online Biz Models

PK's Gigi Sohn asks the right question after the movie studios' reportedly rejected Apple's attempt to offer movies for $9.99 in the iTunes Store:

"[W]hy shouldn't the price be lower [than DVDs sold in Wal-Mart]? There are no hard media, packaging or distribution costs, and iTunes markets itself, so the marketing costs should not be as high. So instead of leaping at a new business opportunity that is practically a sure thing, Hollywood is running to Congress for more protection for its old business model, like requiring the broadcast flag scheme and closing the analog hole." (links, mine)

The broadcast flag, along with the RIAA's audio flag proposal, remain part of the current Senate telecom reform proposal. Take action now and tell your Senators to kick out the flags.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

MPAA seeks website blocking with one court order to bind every Internet company. https://eff.org/r.unil #SOPApower

Aug 3 @ 3:43pm

BREAKING: Sen. McConnell just filed cloture on CISA. That means he wants to move it this week. Take action now https://stopcyberspying.com

Aug 3 @ 3:13pm

EFF to Appeals Court: Mississippi AG's subpoena to Google threatens
online speech and innovation https://eff.org/r.lrnv

Aug 3 @ 2:55pm
JavaScript license information